Batley and Spen by-election candidate George Galloway has accused the Labour party of a criminal offence of making a false statement about him after the party’s candidate Kim Leadbeater was harangued by an anti-LGBTQ+ activist during campaigning yesterday.
Leadbeater had claimed that Galloway was nearby – ‘at the other side of the street’ – laughing while the verbal assault took place – and party leader Keir Starmer amplified her claim, attacking Galloway’s ‘poisonous politics’. But Galloway responded on Twitter that the ‘false statement’ about him was a criminal offence and indicated that he would be referring it to local police:
And video evidence seems to support Galloway. Joe.co.uk head of news and politics Oli Dugmore was on the spot and filming during the incident – and he both noted that Galloway was 100m away down the road as it took place and seemed to confirm that the claims about Galloway during it were false, concluding his video published after the incident by saying ‘a falsehood can travel all the way around the world before the truth has got its trousers on‘:
Labour is expected – even by the party itself – to lose the by-election next week, despite bypassing its own membership rules to make Leadbeater, the sister of the constituency’s murdered former MP Jo Cox, its candidate.
Watch the full Joe.co.uk video here.
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